Post # 1
I never had acne as a teenager but started getting it around age 20 (I’m 24 now). My chest and back have been especially bad, and only a few breakouts here and there on my face.
About 6 months ago my back was in HORRIBLE condition. The worst it had ever been. I had seen a dermatologist in the past but the prescription creams I got didn’t work so I decided to try a “bacial” (back facial) at a spa. That felt great and it cleared up a bit right after. For months after that I followed the esthetician’s advice, knowing that it would probably get worse before it got better since it was a new routine. Well, it got much worse and STAYED worse.
I had also finally started using my Clarisonic daily on my face which was kind of the same deal–I knew it would get worse before it got better, but it has never started getting better even after several months. So a few weeks ago I got fed up and just stopped doing everything besides removing my makeup at night. Today my skin is 98% CLEAR.
There are almost NO red breakouts on my face, chest, or back. That’s obviously what I care about the most since red is the most noticeable. However, my skin feels kind of rough with no exfoliation and I have a lot of blackheads, especially on my back.
Will I just have to deal with rough skin and blackheads if I don’t want huge breakouts? I feel like I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place!
Post # 3
What kind of makeup do you wear? So you stopped removing it and your skin got better? Interesting.
I’ve had acne since I was 10 and I’m 28 now. It hasn’t been as bad since I’ve been on Estrostep for birth control, but I’ve noticed a few breakouts since I’ve attempted to start using moisturizer.
I would suggest trying the dermatologist again and maybe they will suggest something else. Sometimes it takes a few tries before you find the right fit.
Post # 4
If you’re using the correct products and routine, your skin will NOT get worse before it gets better. Your biggest problem from what I can tell is that you’re not using the right products and you’re overexfoliating, which is making your skin react by hanging on to all of your dead skin cells to protect itself.
Step one: print off this list and carry it with you. Consult it any time you purchase products that are going on your face and avoid anything that’s a 3+ (unless your skin is VERY sensitive, then 2+).
Step two: drink water all day long.
Step three: find products that are better for your skin. I use a local woman’s acne line (1.25% benzoyl peroxide face wash and exfoliant) and Everyday Minerals foundation. I drink tons of water and wash my makeup brushes/facial cloth/pillowcase once a week.
Here’s my routine:
– Wash face with non-foaming BPO wash (non-foaming = no sulfates = no drying out skin). Massage into wet skin, remove with wet washcloth 2x day – using a wet washcloth daily has totally gotten rid of my dull flakiness–you’re allowing the cleanser to actually get to your skin, and the washcloth gently exfoliates the dead cells. Overexfoliating is what leads to dullness/flakes because your skin tries to hang on to the dead stuff to protect itself.
– 2x week, replace face wash with BPO gentle exfoliant with microbeads.
– While face is still damp, apply moisturizer. I tend to apply it right after I wash my face and then again after I blowdry my hair (usually at night) or before I start doing my hair in the morning before to give it time to sink in.
Post # 5
Removing my makeup has been the ONLY thing I do. No special cleansers or exfoliators or anything.
Thank you for such a detailed response! I agree that I have probably been overexfoliating. That list is SO extensive, what a helpful tool! I will definitely be consulting that.
Post # 6
Seriously, all of that has made a HUGE difference in my skin. Unfortunately there’s nothing to be done about the redness, but I’d rather have redness that I can tone down with a good foundation than acne.
Post # 7
It might sound weird, but a lot of acne problems can actually be gynecological in their source. After I got my hormones and everything under control, my skin cleared up significantly. The pimples I get now are tiny, especially since I used to get a mild cystic type.
Also, your face is clearing up because you are being more gentle. I usually find that the more I put on my face the worse it reacts.
Post # 8
Dude. What are your overall eating habits like?
Over the past couple of months i’ve gotten off the pill and discovered that my body is reacting terrbily to refined sugars, too much wheat and alcohol. After going to a few wineries i could literally feel the acne bubbling up along my jaw line. 🙁 Anyways, now i know that I’ve actually got to pay attention to what i eat in order to minimize the terrible skin. Drink lots of water, and start taking some omega 3-6-9 fatty acid capsules (they are not expensive and you can get them in the drug store. This product can be found naturally in salmon, flax seed, walnuts etc. and are SO good for you!!!). Water and the Omega fatty acids will help your body minimize inflammation in your skin. Note: obviously, it’d be better if you made salmon etc. fresh instead of taking the capsules, but hell, not everyone wants to eat the same thing everyday. However, a easy way to consume more Omega 3’s is to shove flax seed in shakes, oatmeal, cereal in the morning. Easy peasy and doesn’t taste like anything.
Also: it would be wise to stay away from processed foods if possible. A few things here and there are cool, but a steady diet of processed food is a recipe for disaster!
Post # 9
@Miss Sorbet: Because it developed suddenly in your 20s I’d suggest seeing your doc about a possible hormone imbalance.
Good skin is an ‘inside out’ thing. It’s great to cleanse your skin and use products to beat acne but are you getting enough vitamins A,C and D? Are you drinking enough water? I agree with the PP about making sure you get your omega oils in.
Good luck, breakouts SUCK!
Post # 10
I agree with goldstar, i have pcos and one symptom is acne, i was getting terrible cystic pimples on my cheeks and chin and the only way i have managed to keep my skin clear is by cutting out all gluten, wheat and anything containing lactose (this suits me just fine as i have an intolerance to lactose and glutten) try almond milk, and no carbs and see how you go.
Also stay away from face washes and use makeup wipes for sensitive skin or cetaphil only
The cysts (Pimples) can be caused from the bodys inability to process insulin.
I got through all my teenage years without a spot it seemed and as soon as i turned 20 i got diagnosed with my pcos. could be worth investigating
good luck hun
Post # 11
As weird as it sounds… I also don’t break out when I don’t wash off my makeup.. I breakout more when I DO.
Post # 12
I had the same problem, and wound up going with Accutane. If absolutely nothing else works, you might consider it. It’s serious business and certainly not for the faint of heart, but it has been the *only* thing that has worked for me.
Post # 13
I had terrible skin as a teen. My doctor recommended the pill and it cleared right up! You might try that? Glad youve found something that may do the trick!